Woman who led police on chase with kids in car faces additional charges

- A woman who led police on a chase before crashing into another vehicle in Union County on Tuesday is facing additional charges.

Amanda Sawyer, 30, was arrested Tuesday after she crashed her car into another vehicle in Monroe.  A search of Sawyer's vehicle revealed numerous stolen boxes of Dewalt power tools and an unopened box of Milwaukee M18 fuel combo kit, the total value placed at more than $5,000, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office. The tools were taken from Home Depot stores in High Point and Burlington.

Detectives say they also seized a small amount of marijuana.These charges are in addition to the 21 charges she already faced following Tuesday’s pursuit. She remains in the Union County Jail.

Sawyer is charged with possession of stolen goods and simple possession of marijuana.

According to a Home Depot Corporate Investigator, Sawyer has stolen over $100,000 in merchandise from their stores over the past year.

High Point Police and Burlington Police are pursuing charges against Sawyer in connection with the larceny cases from Home Depot stores within their jurisdictions.

On Tuesday, detectives say they connected Sawyer to a fraud that occurred at Walmart in Indian Trail in July. On that occasion, a suspect, believed to be Sawyer, opened a fraudulent account using a stolen identity. Using the fraudulent credit card, Sawyer allegedly purchased nearly $1500 in merchandise.

Sawyer faces a charge of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses as a result of this matter.

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